The information below provides complete instructions regarding the Winnebago County Jail Inmate Accounts and Deposits, Commissary Information, Depositing Money Online (where available), Mailing Inmate Money or Care Packages to the jail in Rockford, Illinois.
Follow these instructions exactly to help ensure that your inmate has access to commissary, and in some cases medical and bail money, as soon as possible.
Since inmates are not allowed to possess cash money while in custody in the Winnebago County Jail, the jail maintains a 'bank account' for the inmate to purchase products and services from their commissary (canteen) store.
Commissary funds allow inmates to purchase items such as personal hygiene products, snacks and stationery supplies from the jail store.
Inmates can use money from their account to purchase phone time credits or prepaid phone cards in order to make outside phone calls to friends and family members.
Many jails also allow an inmate to bail himself out of jail if he has the funds in his account. The bail amount is typically 10-15% of the bond amount set by the court.
Inmate accounts are also used to pay the co-payment for medication and visits to the jail's medical clinic should they become ill.
Anybody can contribute to an inmate's books or commissary fund as long as there isn't a no-contact order in place.
Because of the ability for family members and friends to deposit money online using a credit or debit card, jail inmates can now receive funds from anywhere in the world.
There are usually four choices for putting money on an inmate's books:
Dropping Money at the Jail
You can bring the deposit to the jail and utilize the self-service kiosks located in the lobby of the Criminal Justice Center. Cash, pin debit, or credit card accepted. You must swipe in the machine your driver’s license when making a deposit using this method.
This jail contracts with GovPayNow.com to process online deposits to inmate accounts.
Click here to get started. You will need the following information.
The Facility Code is RFD
The Pay Location Code for Commissary Deposits is 5500
The Pay Location Coded for Accounts Receivable (Nurse visits, etc) is 3500
Mimimum Deposit = $25.00 - Maximum Deposit = $100
Phone Service Fee = $6.75
Internet Service Fee = $5.25
Maximum transaction amount per week = $200
Maximum of 5 transactions per week
This jail does not accept mailed deposits but the policy can change in the future. Click here to see if you can send money orders to deposit to your inmate’s account.
You can make the deposit to the inmate’s account by phone. Call 1-888-277-2535. You must use a credit or debit card and you need to have the inmate’s first and last name and ID #. Click here to locate the Inmate’s ID #.
People who have never been to jail would be surprised by the large amount of candy, snacks, art supplies, playing cards, hygiene products and clothing that can be purchased through a jail's commissary. Some jails have several hundred different items.
The Winnebago County Jail Commissary Instructions and Information can be found here or here. If you need more information contact the jail by calling 815-319-6600.
There is a $300 deposit limit.
Some jails have contract agreements with third party Commissary companies that ship predetermined Care Packages of candy and snacks.
These can be ordered by you online and are delivered directly to the inmate.
This jail charges inmates a cop-pay for each medical or dental visit as well as for haircuts and other services as follows:
Nurse - $5.00
Nurse Practitioner - $10.00
Doctor - $10.00
Dental Visit - $10.00
Men - $10.00
Women - $15.00
Line - $7.00
Shave - $3.00
Click here and scroll down to the blue link for Commissary List to view what your inmate can purchase each week. The list can change but this will give you an overall idea.
If an inmate cannot pay the co-pay, he or she will not be refused medical or dental treatment.
Haircuts will be declined if they cannot be paid for.
Medical and dental copays will be added to a negative balance in the inmate’s commissary account. Once a deposit is made, the balance will be removed and the inmate will receive what is left.
Not surprisingly much of an inmate's commissary money is used to purchase item's to pay gambling debts or purchase prescription medicine from another inmate. If your inmate is spending more than $3-4.00 a day on commissary items, you might be paying for him or her to gamble or buy drugs.
Put your financial needs first and the inmate's second. Don't forget, the inmate is getting three free 2,000 calorie meals a day. The food may not be of the highest quality, but the commissary food is generally much less nutritious.
Click here to view the jail website for additional information.